With start dates EVERY week throughout 2023 we are excited to launch ‘Bildungsurlaub’ programs specifically tailored for German clients who have the opportunity to enjoy educational leave to learn Spanish in Cuba!
Staying in a Casa Particulare in the heart of in Old Havana, Spanish language lessons take place Monday to Friday in the mornings from 09:00-12:00 and continue after lunch from 14:00-17:00.
Accommodation, breakfast & lunch is included as well as 24/7 program support from our amazing local team to help you make the most of your free time in one of the most exciting travel destinations on the planet.
Optional activities include dance classes at an amazing salsa school and cultural excursion and activities in/around Old Havana. Weekend activities include trips to the beach and a two-night weekend road trip to Viñales. Or you can just chillax with a mojito while listening to amazing live salsa and afro Cuban jazz in one of the many bars in our neighbourhood.
This is a cultural immersion opportunity to turbo charge your Spanish in a Spanish speaking environment.
You will be staying in a licensed Casa Particulare, sharing a dorm room with other student clients OR upon payment single room supplement you have the option to stay in another nearby Casa with your own room and en suite bathroom. Either way breakfast and lunch are served at our main Casa and this is where Spanish lessons are taken as well as impromptu social gatherings.
This is a busy program and offers the possibility of a full immersion into Cuban life and the opportunity to turbo charge your Spanish written and oral comprehension and understand what makes this amazing country so special.
Upon arrival Havana International Airport you will be picked up for a transfer to your Casa Particulares, your home in Havana. Our main Casa which doubles as our language school was opened at the end of 2015 and features shared bedrooms, separate shower and toilet facilities, dining rooms and lots of comfortable indoor and outdoor space (including spacious roof terrace). Here you can enjoy hanging out with new friends or chilling on your own to enjoy the cool breezes and great views of the streets below. As with most of Havana you will enjoy taking in the atmosphere in this central location which is truly unique.
Monday to Friday’s intensive Spanish lessons will take place each morning and afternoon. Tuition is delivered by an accredited and licensed Cuban teachers and on day one you will receive a short test to establish your level and objectives. Lessons will take the format of 3 x 45 minute lessons each morning and afternoon, with 15 minute breaks to refresh, making approximately 6 hours of Spanish lessons each day – 30 hours per week. Lessons are held from 09:00 sharp, Monday to Friday.
Optional – Dance Lessons
After a busy day of Spanish lessons what better way to unwind than a dance class with your personal dance instructor. This is also an opportunity to practice your Spanish!
You will be taken through your paces – lessons will feature Salsa but depending your progress you may also be introduced to Son, Rueda de Casino, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, and Rumba and perhaps a few moves you haven’t heard of.
The lessons are delivered in ‘Casa Del Son’ – a professional dance school a short walk from our Casa – and in the evenings there are MANY free live music venues where you can do your homework!
Price per one hour lesson €18.
Optional – Discover Cuba
In its day Havana was one of the most important and wealthy cities on the planet. The source of this wealth is undoubtedly controversial and Cuba’s more recent history is testament to this controversy. The faded patina of Havana’s gorgeous neo classical architecture, rumble of classic American cars and curious soviet era high rise buildings force you to question – what is Cuba?
We would like to help you answer this question through a series of cultural excursions and encounters with Cuban people.
These will feature walking tours in/around Habana Vieja; a guided tour of a museum, or a weekend excursion down ‘Paseo del Prado’ to see the free open air art classes and discussion groups, or a sporting event such as baseball or basketball game or other ‘event’ where there is a big social gathering.
These cultural experiences and excursions are with your Spanish teacher so feature lots of opportunities to practice your Spanish outside the classroom, a full cultural immersion to make you feel at home and comfortable with your new surroundings.
Price per activity varies between €10-15.
Optional – Weekend Excursions
Why not add a week or more to the end of your Bilungsurlaub program with us to explore more of Cuba?
We work with a network of Casa Particulares around Cuba and can arrange cross country transfers and activities in various destinations including Viñales, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Varadero, Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa.
For example, you might want to enjoy a two-night weekend trip to Viñales, a three hour drive to the central western region of Cuba. Viñales is a UNESCO World Heritage destination owing to the outstanding landscape, traditional architecture and agricultural techniques still used.
The trip will include a horseride into the valley to drying houses where you can learn about the art of curing tobacco and rolling cigars, and an early morning hike to view a spectacular sunrise.
Price per person €245 all inclusive.
Cost of 1 week program EURO 545
Cost of 2 week program EURO 1,090
Weekly price includes airport transfer on arrival, accommodation (7 nights / 14 nights in one and two week programs), breakfast & lunch, 30 hours intensive Spanish lessons (30 hours / 60 hours in one and two week programs), a weekend escorted trip to the beach and optional activities listed above including dance lessons, Discover Cuba cultural excursions & activities and a weekend in Viñales Valley.
Cost of extra night – accommodation & breakfast EURO 40
Program Start Dates 2023: EVERY SUNDAY
NOTE : though program start date is Sunday you are welcome to arrive early and pay for extra nights bed & breakfast. We are open 365 days a year!
To book now or learn more about this program, please send us a message today. We will usually get back to you within 24 hours.
We have fixed start dates but you are welcome to arrive a day or so early, or extend after program ends, if this helps to optimise your travel plans. We look forward to hearing from you!